Alburquerque and the Angels agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports. The deal is pending a physical, but the 29-year-old is expected to join the Angels after spending the last five seasons in Detroit. He's made 241 appearances over that span, going 17-6 with a 3.20ERA and 1.333 WHIP. Alburquerque is coming off of a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he posted a 4.21 ERA, the second-highest mark of his career. As a result, he was non-tendered by the Tigers in December.
Alburquerque was not tendered a contract by the Tigers, Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press reports. After ive seasons in Detroit, Alburquerque will become a free agent with the Tigers opting not to offer a contract before Wednesday's deadline. The reliever has been inconsistent throughout his time with the Tigers, striking out more than 11 batters per nine innings but also walking five batters per nine. He finished last season with a 4.21 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 67 appearances.
Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque threw a bullpen session Thursday, according to the Detroit News. He said he felt good and could be game ready Friday against the Indians. Alburquerque added the MRI on his injured hip showed no structural damage. He has not pitched since Aug. 24.
Brad Ausmus has revealed that the right hip of Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has been bothering him since before last weekend, the Detroit Free Press has reported. Albuquerque, who has not pitched since Aug. 24, was not performing well before going down. He had allowed five runs on four hits in his last 1 2/3 innings. Ausmus did not indicate a possible trip to the disabled list or timetable for his return to action.
A Tigers bullpen that has been their Achilles heel in recent seasons could use an effective Al Alburquerque. And that means the Alburquerque that averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings heading into this season. Alburquerque has not allowed a run in his last five appearances, but he's given up seven hits with just one strikeout over those 4 1/3 innings. Brad Ausmus, however, believes he can still count on him to fan a batter when needed. "Especially against the right-handed hitter, I think he has the ability to get that strikeout," Ausmus told MLive.com. "It would be nice to have that (in the bullpen). ... I think he's moving in the right direction really. He's a lot better now that he was a month ago." Alburquerque, who didn't allow a home run in more than 56 innings pitched in his first two years in the majors, surrendered three during a two-game stretch and now owns a 6.75 ERA. His velocity has been down, resulting in few strikeouts. He has just six in 10 2/3 innings in 2015.